MOORESTOWN-- There were no balloons surrounding the fences in preparation to celebrate Bill Mulvihill’s 300th career win.
There wasn’t even an exuberant celebration from his players after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Delran.
In fact, Mulvihill’s players didn’t even realize the achievement was reached until an announcement was made over the loud speakers post game.
And that’s exactly how the longtime Moorestown coach wanted it.
“It’s a nice accomplishment,” Mulvihill said. “It just tells you’ve been here a long time. You gotta have the players to buy into the system, and have the coaches that help you along the way. The girls were like, 'Why didn’t you tell us?'.
"It’s not about me. It’s about them. To me, we’re 1-0. Three hundred is a nice number, but it doesn’t get us anywhere this year.”
“It’s a nice accomplishment. The girls have worked really hard for me for 20 plus years. We’re not always the best team, but these girls give me everything year in and year out, which I can’t ask for anything more than that.”
“He’s been here for so long and it’s proof of how successful the program is,” Moorestown senior Robin Panzarella said. “How he hasn’t given up. A lot of people would’ve settled for even 100, but to be here for 300 wins is incredible.”
Tuesday’s win meant more than reaching a milestone for the Quakers, it was about getting on track after a rough preseason.
“It’s good because we’re relatively young,” Mulvihill said. “We have a couple of young players and a young goalie in there. We didn’t win any games during the preseason, but I kept telling them preseason means nothing.
“There were many years we didn’t win anything in the preseason, and we had a great year, so for them to go through that preseason and come out and get a result when it starts to matter tonight, it helps them."
“I think after our games this preseason, even though we faced tough teams, it was not what we wanted to do, and a lot of people were underestimating us since we had that bad record, so I think it was important for us to come out tonight and to prove we are a good team and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season,” Panzarella said.
Panzarella and her teammates followed Mulvihill’s message in preseason, even though the results didn’t go their way. And it’s that message, one of many positive ones delivered by the Moorestown coach during the years, that helped on Tuesday.
“He really emphasized how it’s not important what the score is, but how we’re playing,” Panzarella said. “He knows that he’d only scrimmage us against good teams, even just scoring one goal or two every once in a while, how we played overall was important. To keep our mental game tough is hard when you’re playing games and down by a few, but I really think that’s what helped us.”
Win number one was as important for the Quakers as win number 300, and it’s the little details that keep the Moorestown machine running, one that runs smoothly with Mulvihill in charge.